Film 2010
Channel: BBC1 Airs: Wednesday, 11:30pm Hosted by: Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh Midway through the London Film Festival seemed the perfect time to reintroduce the reinvented version of Britain’s premier television film review show. After Jonathan Ross announced that he was leaving the BBC at the beginning of this year it was unknown who would take over both his Friday night show and his weekly film review programme. Graham Norton seems to have clutched the former and it was announced last summer that Claudia Winkleman, best known for her Strictly Come Dancing show, would be hosting the later. The decision was met with scepticism from many, including those who saw Mark Kermode, who hosts a weekly film programme on Radio Five, to be Ross’ natural successor. However it is only fair to Winkleman that we give her a fair chance in the role. Unfortunately, I must report that I regret giving her that shot. The show began with the familiar title sequence, slightly altered and a brief introduction from Winkleman. However, it is here that the similarities with Ross’ show ended. Winkleman and her co-host Danny Lee then proceeded to debate the new film from Fight Club director David Fincher, The Social Networkand the new style of a casual ‘chat’ about the film was a pleasant change from Ross’ lecture towards the camera. The two debated and praised Aaron Sorkin’s expert writing and the brilliant acting from all involved, including Jesse Eisenberg, the next Spiderman Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. Despite this pleasant introduction the bubbly nature of Winkleman and her new look show as a whole soon began to wear thin. We were then treated to the rest of the Film 2010 team each of whom seemed more obnoxious and self-aggrandising than the last. Empire writer Chris Hewitt was the first member and although his film knowledge and expertise can not be doubted his television presence seemed to reek of a film critique that spends his time in front of a computer rather than a television camera. The show then began to make its inexorable decline with the introduction of Antoni Quirke whose thirty second introduction was only slightly less piercing than nails on a chalk board. However the worst offender was left till the end as up stepped Charlie Lyne as the stereotypical teenager obsessed with 3D and technology. The show’s reviews then seemed to collapse as the chemistry between the two presenters faded as they attempted to be a show for everyone from the absolute die hard film fans to the people who are unaware of the relationship between Disney and Pixar. The final failure of the show was the fact that it was live which appeared to be a completely unnecessary and even harmful feature as only a couple of twitter posts were read out and it lead to a humiliating interview with the stars of Let Me Go that descended into giggling and ‘in jokes’. Film 2010 seemed more desperate to keep up with a world entrenched in Facebook and Twitter than produce a high quality film show, a fact evident in their employment of a BBC go-to presenter in Winkleman rather than someone far more suited to the position. The new style show, although not completely disastrous, left a lot to be desired and after a while all its attempts to be new and up to date rang false and simply not in keeping with what the show does. I was left wanting for the simple and elegant style of a show that provided some clever wit and excellent film reviews without trying to be something it wasn’t.